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Introduction: Diocesan Communications Manager Ronnie Semley MCIPR; DipCIPR

Welcome to the communications pages for the Diocese of Blackburn (The Church of England in Lancashire). Please explore the links under the 'Communications ...' heading on the right of this page.

I’m Ronnie Semley, the Diocesan Communications Manager. I have worked in the media and communications industry for 30 years. In the years immediately prior to joining the Diocese I spent 11 years at Bolton Council where I was Communications and Media Manager and also the NHS Leadership Academy in Leeds as Programme Lead: Corporate Communications.

I am a long-term Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR); hold the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations and have held CIPR Accredited Practitioner status for more than 10 years.

My current role encompasses all the major communications needs of the Diocesan Bishop as well as communications support and advice for the other senior clergy and the senior staff. I am a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team.

In summary my strategic communications work for the Diocese includes coordination of...
  • proactive media relations; media and reputation management
  • internal communications
  • online communications, including social media channels
  • support for large-scale Diocesan-wide events, for example Crossroads Mission in September 2016
  • editing and production of The See, the monthly Diocesan magazine
  • production of other key publications such as the annual Parish Share booklet
  • brand management – for the Diocesan logo and the Vision 2026 branding
  • communications advice and training - in 2016 training I led included social media basics; 'Get Your Church Noticed'; and communications awareness advice delivered to Deanery chapters
I provide principally reactive communications support for the Diocesan Board of Education; Cidari Multi-Academy Trust and Blackburn Cathedral as and when required.

I can arrange to feature your church activities and events in the Diocesan magazine ‘The See’ which is distributed across the Diocese. Please email any contributions to, make sure they are in an unformatted Word file and try to make your contributions around 50-100 word ideally due to restrictions on space. To view the online version of The See and for more information on submitting articles please click here.

If you wish your event to appear in the popular Diocesan events calendar (accessed via the homepage of this website, or click this link) please email my colleague Karen Ashcroft, Senior Admin Officer, and she will post your update as soon as possible. Her email is

I also circulate all stories featured in The See and in the events calendar in a ‘story bundle’ to all local media every month to further assist parishes with promotion of local events.

To further enhance the profile of the Diocese, its parishes and schools, I encourage you to build your own relationships with your local newspaper and any other local media in your area and to pass on stories about the day-to-day activities in your church directly to them. You can find out more about doing that here.

If you think you have a story of regional or possibly even national interest I will be happy to discuss it with you and, if it is suitable for a wider audience, I will work directly with you on the publicity.

In addition, in the unlikely event you should have a crisis of any kind in your church which could spark the attention of regional or national media, then I will be on hand to support.

I am also available to offer general advice on any aspect of communications – just drop me an email or give me a call. I’m also on Linkedin if you who want to connect with me.

Ronnie Semley, Diocesan Communications Manager

Emails: or

Phone: 01254 50 34 16


Karen Ashcroft, Senior Administration Officer


Phone: 01254 50 30 70


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